The young LA artist Vinyl Williams has himself an enviable pedigree, being the grandson of composer and conductor John Williams of Indiana Jones and Star Wars fame scores one immediate points with the geek crowd. He also has a head full of psychedelic sounds, pulling in pieces of Radiohead’s later career electronic musings, the whooshier moments of modern rock bands like Tame Impala, as well as some of the stitched together stylings of DJ Shadow. When he’s on, and not spewing out mystical jibber jabber against a backdrop of pretty warble, he can stun. “Higher Worlds” is Vinyl Williams being on and stunning.
- October 8, 2014
That bit about friends from other bands in town gathering around a kitchen table to write and record music describes Lower Plenty to a tee. The ten, largely acoustic numbers collected on Life/Thrills are spontaneous and endearingly unpolished: The percussion often sounds like washboards or bottles and cans; the guitars are loosely strummed and tuned to good enough; and, the lyrics are often conversational in nature, gathered from bits overheard about town or supplied as the answer to the simple question, "What did you do today?" Read More